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Welcome to Ms. Lundgrens 7th and 8th grade class!

Im extremely excited to be teaching at Lake School this year! We have a full year of activities planned for a full class! We have 24 students in the 7th grade and 11 students in the 8th grade. We, as a Lake staff, have created a fantastic academic schedule to ensure that, in spite of the large class size, all students will get the academic focus and attention that they need. Math and Language Arts will be grade level specific. All students will also be learning about Life Science and World History. We will be starting a language lab this year which will focus more on students specific language arts needs. More information will be provided later as the program evolves. I believe that students should take pride and responsibility in their education as well as their classroom. Students will be in charge of keeping the classroom clean and functional. After all, there are 35 students and only one teacher! Jr. High should be a transitional learning time where students have moved on from elementary school and are preparing for high school. I have high expectations for my students because I know that they are extremely capable. I would not be doing my job if I didnt expect each student to do their best work at all times! This year we are going to learn a lot together and have a lot of fun. Please read through the syllabus so that youre informed about all class policies. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dana Lundgren dlundgren@glenncoe.org

Ms. Lundgrens Syllabus

Academics We will start the school year off with the following schedule. The schedule may change if necessary or to incorporate special events. Monday Homeroom Science Lecture Recess 7th - Math 8th - L/A Passing period 7th - L/A 8th - Math Lunch Language Lab World History Writer's Workshop P.E. Tuesday Homeroom Science Lab Recess 7th - Math 8th - L/A Passing period 7th - L/A 8th - Math Lunch Language Lab World History Current Events P.E. Wednesday Homeroom Science Lecture Recess 7th - Math 8th - L/A Passing period 7th - L/A 8th - Math Lunch Language Lab World History Writer's Workshop P.E. Thursday Homeroom Science Lab Recess 7th - Math 8th - L/A Passing period 7th - L/A 8th - Math Lunch Language Lab World History Current Events P.E. Friday Homeroom Art Recess 7th - Math 8th - L/A Passing period 7th - L/A 8th - Math Lunch

8:30 - 9:00 9:00 - 10:00 10:00 - 10:15 10:15 - 11:10 11:10 - 11:15 11:15 - 12:10 12:10 - 12:50 12:50 - 1:20 1:20 - 2:00 2:00 - 2:30 2:30 - 2:55

P.E. Competition

*Homeroom will consist of turning in homework, writing in planners, making daily announcements, silent reading, and taking spelling pre and post tests. *The 7th and 8th grade students will be separated during math and language arts. This is to ensure that all California State Content Standards for each grade level can be covered effectively given the fact that we have such a large number of students. *Math will be taught by Mr. Bianchi. He will be assigning the math grades for the students. *I will teach the Life Science lectures and Life Science labs will be taught by Mrs. Mason in order to give me a little bit of planning time each week. Mrs. Mason and I will collaborate weekly to plan the Life Science curriculum while the students participate in art.

Class Rules I have a few rules that I feel are essential to ensure that all students can learn safely and effectively. The remainder of the rules will be discussed and decided on by the class as a whole. Students will fill in the rules below. 1. 2. 3. 4. I will always show respect toward all people and all property at Lake School. I will always show kindness toward all other students. I will always do MY best work. The phrase I cant will be deleted from my vocabulary. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

Consequences I believe that positive behavior and effort in academics should be recognized. I try to focus more on the positives in class than on the negatives. However, rule violations do need to be addressed. If a student is creating an environment in which others cannot learn, they will be asked to leave the classroom and go sit on the ramp outside. They will be asked to return when they feel that they can appropriately rejoin the class. If a student continues to be disruptive, they will receive a recess detention. They will spend their recess writing out what they did that was inappropriate and deciding upon a better course of action for the future. If a student still continues the inappropriate behavior, or if the infraction is a serious one, the student will receive a lunch detention. They will write me an essay about why they received the lunch detention and what they would do differently the next time. If a student continues the inappropriate behavior, a conference will be scheduled between the teacher, parent, and student.

Bullying There is a zero tolerance policy for bullying in my class! Students may not make negative comments or jokes about race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, personal appearance, personal hygiene, or anything else that the teacher determines is inappropriate. This will be strictly enforced!

Positive Incentives The classroom should be a fun, safe place to learn. I want to reward academic effort, positive behavior, and good citizenship at school. Students can earn things as individuals as well as in their groups. Awards All Stars Students who turn in all of their homework and classwork on time and who have positive behavior all week. Group of the week the group that has the most points at the end of the week. Points will be earned for clean desks, whole group participation in class activities, positive group member interaction, and being prepared for class activities. Each member of the winning group will be given a homework pass (see the next page). Group of the month the group that earns the most points during the month. The members of the group of the month will earn pizza with me at lunch.

Homework passes The members of the group of the week will each earn a homework pass. Students can use these to excuse one nightly homework assignment. It may not be used for large projects or for math assignments. Any unused homework passes will be worth 10 extra credit points each at the end of the grading period.

Class money, auctions, and class store Students can earn class money to buy things from the class auction and class store by doing classroom jobs, going above and beyond what is asked of them as a student as well as a class citizen, and by only using the restroom during recess and lunch times. The class store will have items such as bottled water, granola bars, and special class supplies. The class auction will take place once each grading period. Students can bid on books, posters, homework passes, etc. Donations to the class store or class auction are always greatly appreciated. Please make sure that all donated items are in reasonable condition and are appropriate for school. One persons unwanted items may be another persons treasure! Healthy food and drink items are always greatly appreciated for the class store.

Student Planners and Homework Students will have homework on a nightly basis. They are in jr. high now so they should expect more homework than in previous years. Students will all be given planners to write their nightly homework in. Part of the nightly homework will be for students to get their planner initialed by a parent/guardian. This is to ensure that parents/guardians know what homework is expected of their student each night. All work that is turned in needs to have a name, assignment title, and date on it or it will not be accepted. Sloppy work or papers that are all crumpled up from being shoved in a backpack will not be accepted. Homework needs to be completed in pencil or can be typed. Work submitted in ink, unless otherwise instructed to do so, will not be accepted. I will give students some time to get used to this policy but once I notify students and parents that the learning time for this policy is over, I will throw away work that does not meet these requirements. This may sound harsh but I am trying to prepare these students for success in high school. Current Events Students will be responsible for finding a current event twice a month. Students can find a current event in a newspaper, online, or in a magazine. They need to write a summary about the event and staple the copy of their source to the summary.

Students will then present their current event to the class. Students may not present a current event that has already been presented on a previous day. Different groups will have different due dates.

Grading Policy I use a fairly standard grading system. I take the percentage of points that each student earns out of the total points possible. 100 97 96 94 93 90 89 87 86 84 83 80 A+ A AB+ B B79 77 76 74 73 70 69 67 66 64 63 60 C+ C CD+ D D59 and below F

Late Policy Homework, reports, and projects that are not turned in on the assigned due date will have 10% of the possible grade deducted for each day that it is late. For example, a report that is worth 100 points will be worth 90 points if it is turned in 1 day late. It will be worth 80 points if it is turned in 2 days late, etc. This will continue until the assignment is either turned in or gets to the score of 50%. At that point the student still needs to turn in the assignment but the grade will not go down. If the grade gets to 50%, the student will spend every recess and every lunch in the room with me until the assignment is completed. There are no zeros in my class! Students WILL complete all work! Absences Students who miss class due to an excused absence will be given an extension on their assignments equal to the number of days that they are gone without points being taken away. For example, if they are absent for 2 days, they will receive 2 days to complete the work that they missed.

Weekly Progress Reports Students will be given a weekly progress report to bring home on Fridays. We will begin progress reports a few weeks into school once students have had some things to turn in. This progress report needs to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to school on Monday. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. Parties/Celebrations There is a new school wide policy regarding parties this year. There is a parent sign-up sheet in the cafeteria, as in years past, for the four parties of the year: Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, and Easter. That parent will help organize the party. Each class is permitted to have one sweet treat, one healthy snack, and one game/activity. Each student is permitted to have one serving size portion of the sweet treat and the healthy snack. The PTO will provide the drinks. Please adhere to this new policy and please do not bring anything for parties unless you are asked to do so by the party coordinator. This is a big change for the school but the purpose is to try to teach the students appropriate food habits. In years past, some students have over eaten to the point of making themselves sick. We would like to have a good time while preventing students from becoming ill. Students are welcome to bring in one treat per student for their birthday as long as there is enough for the entire class. Just please notify me in advance of your plans so that I can make sure to make time in the day to accommodate for the treat!

Teacher web pages and Remind 101 All Lake School teachers are in the process of making their own web pages. As soon as mine is finished I will send home all of the information necessary. The website will contain information about each subject area, upcoming class events, homework, etc. I will also be sending out reminders as needed through a website called Remind 101. This is a free way for me to send messages to parents and students without me having to give out my personal cell phone number and without you having to give me your personal cell phone numbers. This is optional for all parents and students in my class but I would strongly encourage you to sign up! Please see the handout for instructions on how to sign up!

Class Jobs Students will have the option of applying for a class job(s). The students will earn a weekly paycheck (in class money of course). The amount that they earn depends on the amount of responsibility that the job entails, the frequency of doing the job, and the quality of work that they do. When students apply for the job, they need to tell me why I should hire them for that particular position. This helps students learn how to sell themselves and how hard work earns rewards! Students can be fired from a job if they do not do the job adequately. Jobs will be changed every trimester.

8th Grade Graduation and Class Trip Policy The current school board approved policy for 8th grade graduation and the 8th grade class trip are as follows: Students who earn a D or F in English Language Arts or Math in any trimester will not be permitted to go on the end of the year 8th grade trip or walk in the graduation ceremony.

Bus Policy There is a new school wide bus policy. Any student who has their bus services revoked will not be permitted to attend sporting events or field trips until bus privileges are reinstated. Students may not attend these events even if their parent is willing to drive them.

Sporting events Students who have missing assignments or grades lower than a C in any subject will not be allowed to participate in sports. Students who do not qualify to go will stay at school and either complete missing assignments, do subject enrichment work to bring up their grades, or silently read.

Personal Electronic Devices The school board has approved a policy in which students may bring personal electronic devices to school for educational use only! Devices are not allowed to be used during recess or lunch. Each teacher can determine their own classroom rules. My policy is that students need to leave their cell phones in their backpacks (on silent or turned off) unless instructed to go get their phones by the teacher. Kindles, Nooks, or iPads can be kept in the students desks but may only be used at appropriate times. The first violation of this policy will result in a recess detention. The second violation will result in the teacher taking the phone until the end of the day. The third violation will result in a parent/teacher/student conference and the parent must come and pick up the device at the end of the school day. The parent and student accept full responsibility for the electronic device. The school/teacher is not liable for the device getting lost, broken, or stolen.

Ms. Lundgrens 7th and 8th Grade Class Syllabus 2013-2014

Student name:_______________________________________________________

My child and I have read Ms. Lundgrens class syllabus and agree to adhere to all policies to the best of our ability.

Student Signature:____________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian name printed:__________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature:_____________________________________________ Date:______________________________________________________________